Parents of 4-month-old whose fingers were chewed off by a ferret accused of child endangerment

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Carrie Waldo claimed she woke up to a screaming, bloody child.
  • Carrie Waldo claimed she woke up to a screaming, bloody child.

The parents of a 4-month-old child whose fingers were chewed off by a ferret have been charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. According to court records, Ryan and Carrie Waldo had attempted to give away the ferret four days before the January 10 incident in which the child lost seven fingers.

Why did they want to give it way? Because the ferret had already bitten the child twice before. Even so, the Waldos decided to keep the ferret.



The Waldos initially claimed that they were asleep at the time of the attack and woke up to the baby's screams. The infant was in a baby rocker in the living room of the home. Ryan and Carrie Waldo told police that they found their infant covered in blood and missing several fingers. Ryan Waldo said he threw the ferret against a dishwasher, killing it.

Ryan Waldo
  • Ryan Waldo
The infant was taken to a hospital and had seven fingers amputated because the ferret had chewed them down to the knuckles.

The Waldos allegedly told police that the ferret had never bitten anyone, but a person with a ferret rescue organization told police that the couple's landlord had reached out to her about taking the ferret.

Grain Valley police also subpoenaed the couple's cell-phone records and discovered that the phones were being used to send text messages from several different areas at the time the couple claimed to be asleep.


The state of Missouri has removed the toddler and another child from the Waldos' custody, pending the outcome of the case.

Ryan and Carrie Waldo are each being held on $10,000 bond.


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